I’m sitting here in a dress and heels. It’s not my usual at home attire but this morning I went to an early Bible study group and on my way home I decided to stop at Marshall’s. Lately when I’ve gone to dress for an occasion – other than going for a run, chores around the house, writing or trips to Publix, I’ve stood in front of my closet bemoaning the fact that I have nothing to wear!
Know what I mean, Vern? (If you are much younger than I am, you may not get that reference. Sigh…I’m getting older every minute.)
As a speaker and teacher who stands before an audience (sometimes under spotlights), choosing an appropriate wardrobe for those occasions is difficult! There are so many variables that come into play. Here are just a few:
- Comfort – This is a must because as a speaker I do not want to be distracted by physical pain from shoes or ill fitting clothing.
- Neckline – For obvious reasons. I make use of camis and tank tops but those don’t always work.
- Hemline – Some churches have very high platforms and while a skirt length may be perfectly fine on the same level as the audience, go up 3 feet (or more) and it becomes a factor. Even with pants the hem length is a consideration. Did I mention I’m only 5’2 1/2″? Hem length of pants determines heel height and did I mention comfort already? I thought I had. ; )
- Sweat factor – Combine the normal stress of speaking (especially those first 3 minutes) with a stuffy room and power surges…shall we say? And you’ve got rings that aren’t bling! Some clothing camouflages wetness much better than others. Light to medium toned solids are the worst!
- Figure flattering – We all want to look our best especially when “out front.” I certainly want to dress modestly while still dressing “current” and with the knowledge as to what is becoming for my body type.
- Fit – I don’t know about you but my weight fluctuates. What I may have worn three months ago may be a bit too tight to wear next week!
So, why am I writing this on a weekday afternoon in a dress and heels? Because when I stopped in at Marshall’s this morning I found a dress on clearance! And because I DO NOT ENJOY retail dressing rooms, I bought it without trying it on first. I’m wearing it now. I like it! I almost passed it up because I thought the pattern might look like horizontal stripes and I DO NOT DO HORIZONTAL STRIPES.
My daughter is out of town and so I had my son take a couple of pictures of me in the new dress so I could send them to her.
I think this dress may make the cut for speaking. I’ve got a tailored black jacket that I can wear over it.
Are you a speaker, teacher, trainer or someone who regularly leads meetings for work? Can you relate to any of the above? Do you have a go to uniform for speaking?
Yeah…I think I got myself a horizontal striped dress after all. I still like it.